Visually Communicating the Digital Divide
Chris Kirchhoff describes himself as, “Intrepid and in tune with social development and cultural diversity.” Kirchhoff is a photographer who has travelled far and wide capturing rural lives on film, in the hopes that his visuals will stimulate awareness of the digital divide that separates rural and developed South Africa.
His work depicts unseen and often ignored parts of South Africa and other rural regions on the African continent where people have to walk for miles just to get to the nearest phone, let alone an internet café. By taking photographs of rural South Africans, Kirchhoff is letting them tell their own stories.
Kirchhoff has been “taking photos with people as opposed to of people,” for twenty years. His sole mission to record the stories of rural South Africans, to create awareness of the things that the privileged few take for granted.
SANGONeT is honoured to collaborate with Kirchhoff to bring you a small collection of his photographs, which from our point of view tells not only the story of the digital divide, but also of the socio-economic divide. To find out more about Kirchhhoff, visit his website. To view the exhibition, click on the link below.
The SANGONeT-Kirchhoff Photo Exhibition - Rural Livelihoods: Pot Holed Pathways of Progress